“Blatantly offensive, revolting, disgusting, and demeaning,” wrote a third-party arbitrator in his 19-page scathing judgment last Friday that refused to overturn the indefinite suspension of Officer Matthew Luckhurst for what the officer called a “prank.” (Read the full ruling at the bottom of the article.)
The arbitrator clearly did not see the humor in what Luckhurst did one evening in June 2016, describing it this way in his ruling:
“The Appellant defecated in a toilet in the women’s locker room at the Bike Patrol Office; that the Appellant left said toilet unflushed; that the Appellant subsequently obtained a brown substance and spread it on the toilet seat giving the seat the appearance that it had fecal matter on it; and that one of his motivations for…doing these things was his resentment of a female officer who asked that the men keep out of the women’s restroom or…keep it clean…”
Arbitrator Thomas A. Cipolla went on to write that: “The appellant failed to use good judgment and in turn exercised incredibly poor behavior” that he also said was “inappropriate under any reasonable circumstance”.
Luckhurst was previously terminated in 2016 after a department investigation determined that he placed feces in between slices of bread and gave it to a homeless man downtown while on duty.
The other incident at Bike Patrol Headquarters occurred later in that same year and Luckhurst was again given an indefinite suspension.
Luckhurst won his appeal for the feces sandwich incident in March 2019, after his legal representation was able to capitalize on a section of the local government code that prevents law enforcement agencies from disciplining an officer for conduct that occurred outside a 180-day window.